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Grandma’s Butter Cookies

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Sandtarts are sweet butter cookies that remind me of my grandmother with every bite. Plus they’re super easy and whip up really fast!

Sandtarts are a sweet butter cookie that remind me of my grandmother with every bite. Plus they're super easy and whip up really fast!

In my family these cookies are called Sandtarts and are undoubtedly a Christmas cookie. When my grandmother was alive she would make these by the truck load. Cookie making in general was an event at her house every year. She’d clear off her long dining room table that fit our entire 12 member family, lay down thin baking towels, and make dozens upon dozens of cookies. If there weren’t at least 4-6 dozen per cookie {and there were usually 4 to 5 types of cookies at least} she felt like she didn’t make enough. No joke.

We cut back making cookies on such a large scale when my grandma got sick a few years ago, sticking to the most popular three and only making a couple dozen each. And now that she’s gone and not encouraging my grandpa to help make them and the rest of us to help eat them we make just two kinds each year. These Sandtarts and her favorite biscuit cookies. I never was a fan of the heavy biscuit cookie sprinkled with sanding sugar that she loved so much.

Sandtarts are a sweet butter cookie that remind me of my grandmother with every bite. Plus they're super easy and whip up really fast!

But these. Oh, man. These cookies are absolutely melt in your mouth amazing probably because they’re made up mostly of butter and sugar. They’re thin and spread a lot thanks to all that butter. I like them crunchy but my dad used to always pop them into the microwave for 10-15 seconds to warm them up and make them soft again. Whichever way you like them you’ll want to make a big batch and keep some in the freezer to make whenever you have a craving!

Since tomorrow is my grandma’s birthday and I didn’t get to go home and indulge in any Christmas cookies this year I decided to whip up a batch in her memory. Because it’s absolutely impossible for me to make these and not think of her. She’d be 83 this year and I know that she’d love how dog eared and smudged and stained my copy of the family cookbook is. Happy Birthday, Gramma!

Sandtarts are a sweet butter cookie that remind me of my grandmother with every bite. Plus they're super easy and whip up really fast!

Meaghan

Sandtarts are a sweet butter cookie that remind me of my grandmother with every bite. Plus they're super easy and whip up really fast!

Grandma's Butter Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 sticks salted butter
  • 2 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups flour

Instructions

  1. Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. Add in eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  2. Add flour 1 cup at a time and mix until completely combined after each addition.
  3. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto a baking sheet 2 inches apart.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes or until golden brown around the edges and transfer immediately to a flat surface to cool.

 

Mimi

Tuesday 15th of December 2020

This is exactly the recipe I was looking for. I found it years ago in a school cookbook. I misplaced the cookbook. Easy and delicious. Love the idea of few seconds in microwave to soften.

Meaghan

Tuesday 15th of December 2020

This recipe is near and dear to my heart. I hope you love it!

Tara

Tuesday 19th of January 2016

I think its amazing how many varieties of sand tarts you can find out there. My great grandmother passed down a recipe for sand tarts/butter cookies that are completely different but have the same crispy melty buttery-ness! I just love how recipes can really change over generations. I can't wait to try your recipe!

Meaghan

Saturday 23rd of January 2016

That's so fun! I've never met another person who had any idea what a sandtart was so that's awesome!

~Meaghan

Kirsty

Monday 18th of January 2016

How much does a stick of butter weigh? Preferably in grams if possible. Thanks! In the UK, we only sell butter in 250g or 500g blocks?

Meaghan

Saturday 23rd of January 2016

I had to google this to make sure but 1 stick of butter is the same as 1/2 a cup, 8 tablespoons, or 113 grams :) I hope that helps!

~Meaghan